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david petraeus spent his last fourth of july as commander of the u.s. forces in afghanistan. he met with american troops in the war zone, and just two weeks before heading home to take on his new job as cia director, he spoke one on one with nbc about america's mission. >> happy fourth of july to all of you. >> reporter: it's his eighth fourth of july in a combat zone, but the last in uniform for general david petraeus. he spent the day visiting some of the thousands of u.s. troops stationed in afghanistan. a farewell tour for a general many consider a rock star who found himself asking these tough as nails troops to just relax. >> the best way to relax is to put your hands in your pockets. that means you right there. go ahead. in fact, i'll put them in my pockets, too, here. >> reporter: credited with helping turn the iraq war around, petraeus was tapped by president obama a year ago to do the same in afghanistan. he admits it hasn't been easy. >> i never felt we could flip afghanistan the way we were able to flip iraq. >> reporter: a tough situation, but he insists not hopeless. >
decisions on the debt and afghanistan the last few weeks and all the while the geniuses who ran his 2008 campaign have been huddled with their maps and polls, figuring out how to put together a repeat victory. what's the anatomy of a re-election win for obama. he has 4-5, 81% of the people who voted for him last night according to a june nbc poll. what happened to the other 20% of obama's 2008 voters and how does he win them back? let's look at three skenl elements in the anatomy of the obama electorate. in the 2008 exit polls, obama got 66% of voters under 30. now he has just 56% of the under 30's. good? maybe not good enough. another key in the anatomy, suburban voters. any 08 exit polls, 50% of suburbanites went for obama. now he's down to 141%. final will laveragee pin in the obama win n '08 he had 52% of independents. now he has just 43% of independents. john, you wrote game changer about how he did it last time. how do they put, the geniuses out there in chicago and washington, humenty dumpty together again? >> they will be happy to hear you calling them geniuses for sure. the plac
night between front line troops in afghanistan and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen who's visiting them this weekend. somewhat unbelievably, several u.s. troops said their major concern was not getting paid because of this budget fight in washington. in response, mullen was blunt. he said it would be devastating. well, today our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski followed up in an exclusive conversation with admiral mullen. >> reporter: brian, admiral mullen fully expected to talk to the soldiers and marines about the war here in afghanistan. not the one in washington. >> they weren't talking about afghanistan. they weren't talking about the fight they were in. this isn't surprising, but when you're deployed you want to make sure everything's okay at home. >> soldiers and marines in the middle of a war zone worrying about getting paid. >> they always worry about getting paid. they just sort of expect it to happen. >> reporter: you said that if, in fact, paychecks were held up, that many in the services would be devastated by missing a single paycheck
. >>> in afghanistan tonight a lot of unanswered questions about the shocking assassination of president hamid karzai's half-brother. shot in cold blood at his home by a trusted associate. we have the story from kabul. >> reporter: hi, ann. ahmed wali karzai, he was lured out of a meeting and shot in cold blood. he was shot and killed by other security guards. he used the trust to lure him out of a meeting and shoot him in cold blood. he was also shot and killed by other security guards. the taliban have claimed responsibility saying they had been working with the killer for, quote, some time." awk was an infamous power broker in kandahar province, a key province and the spiritual home of the taliban and considered to be a part of the drug trade but u.s. and nato officials say they needed him, a stabilizing figure and an otherwise unstable region. his death leaves behind a power vacuum and is considered a big victory for the taliban, ann? >> thank you so much. >>> another milestone up in space today as two residents of the international space station stepped outside to retrieve a broken ammonia pump
. in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> if you plan to celebrate the 4th here in d.c., here's the lineup for tonight. the capital 4th concert will begin at 8:00. the fireworks kick off around 9:15. we'll have a live report on that. that's coming up in our next half hour. the smithsonian metro station and most roads around the mall will be closed. so you might want to give yourself plenty of time to get there. you can also go to nbc washington.com for more details. >>> a day at the beach came to an early and abrupt halt at sandy point state park in maryland today. authorities say a young boy draund drowned after disappearing in the water. elaine reyes has more on what went wrong. >> reporter: at sandy point state park, the sights and sounds of summer are everywhere. on this july 4th holiday, there's also tragedy. >> there were some people with some earphones -- headphones, like scanning the water and everything. they had mentioned that some
. and in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. general david petraeus is about to become the next cia director, and was there to say goodbye and thanks. >> and america can never thank you enough. >> reporter: america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> there's another celebration today at the white house. it's malia's birthday. she turned 13. >> she will celebrate tonight with hundreds of troops and their families as they attend a special barbecue and a u.s. concert on the south lawn. malia's younger sister, sasha, turned 10, last month. >>> vice president joe biden made his mark on the world of twitter today. the vp sent out his first tweet just past 11:30 this morning. it read, vp and doctor b, hope you take time to think about our troops and military families this independence day. happy july 4th from ovp, joining forces. dr. b refers to his wife jill. biden's user name is @vp, all part of an increasing focus on social media. on wednesday, president obama is expected to hold the white hou
's effort to cut $1 billion in annual costs to the company. >>> this was the last day in afghanistan for america's best-known general, david petraeus, who transferred command of u.s. and nato-led troops in that country today to his replacement, general john allen. a west point graduate with a princeton phd, easily the most celebrated modern day general officer is leaving to run the cia as the u.s. prepares for a gradual drawdown from afghanistan. >>> when we come back here tonight, new research is on head injuries, dementia and alzheimer's, and the group that researchers are most concerned about tonight. >>> they may have come up short in the end, but u.s. team is still american idols. end, but u.s. team is still "american idol"s. your sho. one day i'm on p of the world... the next i'm saying... i have this thing called psoriatic arthritis. i had some intense pain. it progressively got worse. my rheumatologist told me about enbrel. i'm surprised how quickly my symptoms have been managed. [ male announcer ] because enbrel suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fig
personal struggles. >>> the new secretary of defense in afghanistan with a striking new assessment of al qaeda. >>> final edition for a tabloid caught up in its own scandal. is there more to come? >>> and royal treatment. will and kate bring their charming style to the u.s. carrying on a long family tradition. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. betty ford, a former dancer, stay-at-home mom of four, and wife of a michigan congressman, never could have imaged the strange circumstances that in 1974 would land her and her husband, gerald ford, into the white house, but for a role she was unprepared for, first lady of the united states, she made a lot of it and changed thousands if not millions of lives in the process. betty ford died last night in california at the age of 93. she was known for speaking her mind, even when it didn't jive with her husband's political agenda, but she is best remembered for putting a public face to some awfully personal struggles and inspiring americans, particularly women, in ways no other first lady had. >>> at the ford museum in g
, nbc news, oslo, norway. >>> as the u.s. prepares to withdraw troops from afghanistan, another setback to report tonight. a suicide bombing has killed the mayor of kandahar, afghanistan's second largest city. the mayor who, by the way, was a dual afghan-u.s. citizen was killed when an assassin detonated explosives hidden in his turban as the mayor met with tribal elders. >>> we have been reporting this week on the famine affecting millions in the horn of africa. today, a plane carrying the first airlift of urgently needed nutritional supplements landed in somalia. the shipment will be distributed to medical facilities to help starving children. >>> when we come back, the troubled life and far too early death of an olympian we got to know in vancouver. speedy as he was, he couldn't outrun his demons. >>> and later, closing the doors of an american institution after more than 100 years. more than 100 years. mine was earned over the south pacific in 1943. vietnam, 1967. i got mine in iraq, 2003. u.s.a.a. auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation, because it offers
influential in southern afghanistan, and sometimes a political liability for his brother. he was rumored to be involved with the illegal opium trade, but he was alice said to be on the cia payroll for a variety of services. he was reportedly shot and killed in his home today by his own bodyguard. the taliban claim of responsibility has not yet been verified. >>> an emotional afternoon at the white house today as president obama awarded the medal of honor to leroy arthur pettry. he lost his hand fighting in afghanistan. now petry becomes the second living veteran of the iraq and afghanistan wars to get the nation's top military honor. he sat down with medication's brian williams. >> i look at all the military and all the fall en fallen hero gave the ultimate sacrifice. i want the public to know, take your time, honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, and also those living. they need your support. and it's amazing what they can do with that. >> the full interview is coming up on "nightly news" at 7:00 tonight. >>> one day after president obama vowed to veto any short term deals,
half brother of the afghan president, he was extremely influential in southern afghanistan, but very controversial too. karzai was rumored to be involved with the opium trade. karzai helped nato forces bring local leaders and the taliban to the negotiating table. he was shot and killed at home today by his bodyguard. the taliban has claimed responsibility for that attack as noted. but there is skepticism about whether or not they really had anything to do with it. >>> president obama met with congressional leaders late this afternoon in another effort to reach a deal on the nation's debt limit. republicans proposed a short term deal, it runs out when the president's term expires. steve handlesman reports. >>> as republicans turned up the heat on him, president obama wand if there's no deal to raise the debt limit, 20 billion in social security benefits, payments to veterans and the like. 70 million checks might not be mailed. he spoke to cbs. >> i cannot guarantee those checks go out on august third if we haven't resolved this issue. >> mitch mcconnell fired back saying, the problem
paid? no one can answer this at this point, and u.s. soldiers fighting in iraq and afghanistan could see their checks stopped. the joint chiefs of staff mike mullen was in kandahar today and while speaking with soldiers they brought up the debt fight here in washington. >> there are many of you living paycheck to paycheck and if paychecks were to stop, it can have a devastating ill pact and devastating impact pretty quickly. >> and he told the soldiers like most government agencies there will be belt tightening and cuts and that include cutbacks to military benefits. >>> here at home we have been following what is a serious concern for residents and business owners in adams comorg. last week police instituted operation adams morgan, but now they have one measure that has been making a difference and they have put an end to it. darcy spencer is there tonight. >> reporter: last weekend d.c. police launched operation adams morgan in an attempt to tame the night life some are saying is out of control. friday night, police eliminated the parking on the southside of northeast which is the
. they include, of course, those who have died in iraq and afghanistan in tonight's making a difference report, we meet an exceptional group of women who have lost their husbands or fiances in those wars and have joined forces to help themselves heal and to embrace life. nbc's peter alexander has their story. >> reporter: they are fun-loving and fearless. a brave group of women with something else in common, too. they are all military widows. who lost their loved ones in iraq and afghanistan. taryn davis was 21 when her husband, michael, was killed by a roadside bomb in iraq in 2007. >> one of the last things i said to him was i love you more than life itself. >> reporter: living without michael is an everyday struggle. >> when i went out into the world i just felt like they didn't want to embrace who i was. which was a military widow. and in the back of my mind, i'm thinking, that title, it symbolizes my husband's sacrifice and my own. and if i can get through it, maybe one day it can signify my survival. >> reporter: to help her own healing, taryn began reaching out to other widows. but talk
ago in afghanistan petry, who was already shot in both legs, picked up a live grenade and toss it had away from two of his comrades. he lost his right hand but not his spirit. petry spoke with next's brian williams about how other wounded warriors encouraged him to remain positive. >> a lot of these men and women, their limbs or their bodies are stolen from them almost. they are driving down a road, and they don't see the enemy. it's just you wake up and you're laying there and you're disfigured now. >> yeah. >> and i had the choice to do what i did, and fully mentally knowing about what the dangers were. >> petry could have retired after losing his hand. instead, he re-enlisted and went back to afghanistan. >> still ahead tonight, chilling testimony from three young girls in the case against a politician's husband. >> a local county taking its smoking ban to private property. >> and a juror in the casey anthony trial fears for her life >>> the husband of a local city council member was in court today accused of molesting children at a slumber party. michael guardner is married to a f
attack victims and fallen soldiers. tony just found out that his son james who died in afghanistan in 2006 may not only have had his cell phone hacked into, but also his e-mail. >> they have hacked into a dead soldier, it's despicable. what else would you say? what on earth did they think they were going to find? >> reporter: in the words of the prime minister, people trust the police to protect them, politicians to represent them and the press to inform them. and says the british public has been failed by all three. michelle kosinski, nbc news, london. >>> in the middle east where fridays are typically the biggest day for protests, following friday prayers, hundreds of thousands were out on the streets of syria again demanding regime change, and in egypt, protesters are back in the streets, back in tahrir square. it's been five months now since mubarak was forced out, since we were there to cover it. there was so much hope back then, but there's now growing anger over the pace of change and growing concern about who olds the power. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel fin
party support and served as a captain in the air force, including tours in afghanistan and iraq. congressman, welcome very much. >> thanks. >> happy to have you. and welcome to everyone. doris, sometimes satire can be the most damning in terms of summing up where we are. "the onion" newspaper has this headline this week -- "congress continues debate over whether or not nation should be economically ruined." if the question is whether washington is broken, make the case that the answer is yes. >> i think there's no question it's broken. you know, our country was created on the principle of compromise. think about it. the states versus the federal government, senate versus house, north versus south. and i remember once, one of the old framers was asked, what is the three principles of this new government you've created? well, the first is compromise, the second is compromise, the third is compromise. something's happened where compromise has become a terrible word in washington. it's partly because the parties have become more ideologically separated. henry clay was the great comp
. >>> the united states is close to defeating al qaeda, making that statement today on his trip to afghanistan as defense secretary. he met with hamid karzai in kabul. he said the death of osama bin laden has helped generate new information about other al qaeda leaders. . >>> the news of the world is signing off tomorrow with one final headline -- thank you and good-bye. the final edition of the british tabloid will pay tribute to the many scoops over the paper's 68-year history. rupert murdoch ordered the paper closed this week after a phone-hacking scandal exploded. murdoch is scheduled to fly to london tomorrow to deal with the growing police investigation there. reporters and vetters are accused of hacking into the phones of celebrities, the royal family, murder victims, even dead british soldiers. >> these people could have had their phones hacked into in order to generate stories for a newspaper, is simply disgusting. >> some british leaders called for other tabloids in london to be investigated. there are reports that rupert murdoch's son james could be facing charges in the case as wel
at the air base turned transit center for troops in afghanistan got a taste of home with a holiday cookout yesterday complete with hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. on board overseas, protecting our independence the troops also enjoyed games, live music, and, of course, fireworks, all to celebrate the fourth. and a little bit of what is that salsa? >> i don't know. whatever it is, it doesn't matter. it's fun. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station. >>> holiday cleanup. strong storms rolled through our region, knocked out power, took down trees, and even caused evacuations. we'll show you the damage left behind. >> first let's take a live look outside right now. at this hour, we have 73 degrees. seems calm out there, but it is warm and humid on this july 4th. good morning. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm karen gilchrist. it is monday, the 4th of july. even yang has the day off. more than 10,000 people waking up without power. more than 10,000 dominion power customers in northern virginia out of
in afghanistan from asking her out. >> i'm sergeant moore, but you can call me scott. i wanted to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the ball in greenville, north carolina. take a second, think about it and get back to me. >> 90,000 people have seen that video since sergeant moore posted it on tuesday. no word yet on whether she's seen the invitation or whether she'll attend. >> she should go. >> she should. >> she has 90,000 instant fans. >> they'll probably go viral so it will be close to a million tomorrow. >> he might not be an officer but he's obviously a gentlemen. >> what the word? rain? >>> it was on the warm side. we made it to 92 today but the dew point is, the real way it feels from a moisture standpoint in the atmosphere, the due point dropped down into the comfortable 50s this afternoon and that made all the difference. it will make the same amount of difference tomorrow. you need to get outside and enjoy your sunday because we all know if it's washington and it's the summertime, humidity cannot be gone for too long and it will be back and i mean soon. outside, on a beaut
out of kandahar, afghanistan. a bomb attack at the funeral of president hamid karzai's brother. a roadside bomb exploded just yards from a motorcade for a local governor. officials say two soldiers were injured. the president's half-brother ahmed wali karzai was assassinated earlier this week. >>> congressional leaders will resume talks with president obama on increasing the nation's debt limit. that's a day after the president walked out of the room during a contentious meeting. he apparently became angry with republicans who demanded that he accept a short-term debt limit increase. he told gop leaders he would veto any short-term fix and then threatened them not to call his bluff. republicans still refuse to accept any plan that includes a tax increase. president obama has given lawmakers until tomorrow to decide whether they can reach a deal. he may also call congressional leaders to camp david for a summit this weekend. >>> here's an indication of just how much is riding on these debt talks. moody's investor services is threatening to lower the u.s. credit rating. it says t
the ongoing combat in afghanistan. mexico matmatters. it's the most important country along with canada on the face of the earth. >> gang violence claumed the lives of 15,000 people last year alone. it's estimatedt 1200ó[Ñiw3Ñiw3 president felipe calderon declared war on organized crime in 2006, some 40,000 people have been killed in the cross-fire of gangs fighting for lucrative drug routes into the united states. >> this is not just a drug fight. this is a struggle for the future of mexico. >> reporter: but with so much rampant killing, many question the mexican government's ability to successfully win its war on drugs. kevin tibbles, nbc news, new york. >>> back now on this side of the border, for all their glamour, the duke and duchess of cambridge, william and kate, spent part of this day in one of the less glamorous parts of los angeles as they wrapped up their visit to north america. nbc's kate snow is there for us tonight. kate, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. it is just about over now. the duke and duchess just arriving at l.a.x. they will be leaving shortl
. >> reporter: this sergeant stepped on an i.e.d. in afghanistan. >> without the advancements in technology i wouldn't have come this far. >> reporter: and then the apartment lab. and patients designed this area where they can test their prosthetics in private. any problems and they go to the lab across the hall. >> they can get things like that taken care of. >> reporter: all they's now is the patients. >> is it rewarding to see the finish line in sight. >> looks like it will be an impressive facility. >> exactly. >>> we're getting a bit of relief. >> a bit of relief. we're going to take it because the a.c. will get a chance to take a break for a while. the pocketbook a break too. out there today, the skies opened up. a lot of heavy rain in a short period of time. and there were portions of roads under water. but out there right now the temperatures are starting to drop. 93 was the high temperature today and that was shortly after noontime today. the low was 7 it degrees and we continue to drop at 4:00 p.m. and the temperature dropped to 7 it degrees. it is the first time under 80 since wedn
in war zones like in afghanistan and iraq. >> reporter: reaction from people we talked to was positive. >> i feel that your sexuality has nothing to do with your capabilities of being able to fight in the military. >> your sexuality has nothing to do with you being in the military. if you want to serve and that's how you feel, i'm all for it. >> reporter: the military has already begun training on how to deal with the change. doreen, back to you. >> jackie bensen reporting tonight, thank you, jackie. >>> in orlando, florida, tonight, plans are being made in case casey anthony is set free tomorrow. the maximum sentence she could receive for lying to investigators is four years. but she's already been in jail for three. and many believe she may walk free tomorrow. tonight, abc news interviewed one of the 12 jurors in the case. >> there wasn't enough evidence -- there wasn't anything strong enough to say exactly -- i don't think anyone in america could tell us exactly how she died. if you put even just the 12 jurors in a piece of paper, write down how caylee died, we'd all be guessing. it
sacrifice in afghanistan. he lost his hand picking up an insurgent's grenade to save two fellow soldiers. risking his life netted petry an invitation to the white house where he was saluted for his courage and bestowed the honor of becoming the only second living serviceman to be awarded the medal of honor since the vietnam war. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station. >>> good morning. 4:28, big breaking news out of fairfax county this morning. all lanes of the beltway are closed right now in the tyson's corner area because of downed power lines. >> this is happening right now between route 7 and interstate 66. news 4's tracee wilkins is live there for us this morning with the latest on that mess, tracee. >> reporter: good morning. let me show you what it's looking like behind us. it is a mess. i'm watching traffic backed up all the way down the beltway as cars are approaching route 7. right here to my right, this is where they're diverting traffic. you can see they're getting everyone onto route 7. if you're coming in the op
moore stationed in afghanistan recently posted a clip on youtube asking kunis to go with him. encouraged by recent co-star justin timberlake, kunis said i'll do it, agreeing to be the sergeant's date. >>> this comes to us from massachusetts where drivers of one new car can take off in more ways than one. the federal government has given the green light for the transition. america's first flying car to hit the roads and runways. it's a two-seat prop plane that can fly the friendly skies and transform to hit the highway as a four-wheel roadster. they're expected to roll out next year with a $250,000 price tag, giving drivers a costly option for beating traffic jams. >>> meet the future, bill. this is going to be -- >> it's the jetsons have finally come true. >> have i my silver pointy dress to put on. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. this just in, weather. good morning. i'm joe krebs. this is pat lawson muse. and tom kierein. >> good morning. we're getting our coffee ready and taking our places. welcome to "news 4 today" on this tuesday, jul
at the height of the wars in iraq and afghanistan, walter reid came under fire for failing soldiers and their families. it was systemic neglect so shocking it demanded immediate action by president bush and leaders in congress. it was too late for walter reid. after a final salute from the military it served, walter reid will close. a place of healing taking its place in history. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> and coming up tonight in our next half hour of news 4 at 5:00, we'll have an exclusive look at the facility that will replace walter reed, and the cutting edge technology thatp be used to help soldiers rebound from war. >>> a robber who targeted a family dollar store. the holdup happened in glen burnie, maryland july 14th. the suspect covered his right hand with a pair of gym shorts and forced an employee to give him money from the cash register. if you recognize the man in the picture, call anne arundel county police. >>> carolyn anne galagos was arrested last night after she refused to stop her vehicle. officers turned on their sirens and lights, but she refused to p
. he made the statement to reporters on a flight to afghanistan. he said new intelligence, air strikes and the killing of osama bin laden have all but paralyzed the terrorist organization. >> now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> secretary panetta also confirmed that the cia joined the u.s. military in air strikes aimed at taking out al qaeda leadership in yemen. once in afghanistan he had dinner with a afghan president hamid karzai. >>> chris matthews show follows us, followed by "meet the press". >> coming up at 10:00, the politics of the disastrous unemployment situation are terrible for this president. but in the debt talks, is the republican right wing handing barack obama. and the hard line that could deprive drive the country to default. or is it possible that the president will take the political blame if the country does default even though he tried hard to compromise. michele bachmann going from 0 to 60. has the go
about the u.s. fight -- rather in afghanistan. leon panetta said defeat is, quote, within reach. he made the statement to reporters on a flight to afghanistan. it's his first trip to that country since becoming defense secretary last week. he said new intelligence, air strikes and the killing of osama bin laden have all but paralyzed al qaeda. >> now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with bin laden to put maximum pressure on them. because i do believe that if we continue this effort that we can really cripple al qaeda. >> secretary panetta also confirmed that the cia joined the u.s. military in air strikes aimed at taking out al qaeda leadership in yemen. once in afghanistan he had dinner with ma mid karzai. >> the newlywed royal couple will go from the glitz to the gritty as they wrap up their north american trip. they are in los angeles. they got to attend a high-priced polo charity match. gina kim shows us their day full of fun, food, and glamour. >> reporter: a royal visit to tinsel town wouldn't be complete without a walk down the red carpet. saturday night so
, a suicide bomber has killed the mayor of kandahar, afghanistan. afghan officials say the assassination happened at the mayor's office just after he arrived for work this morning. the mayor is the third major political figure in afghanistan killed this month. >>> more breaking news from abroad. take a look at this video from south korea right now. crews are out trying to save people trapped by torrential rain and landslides. these dangerous conditions killed at least 22 people. among the dead, ten college students out doing volunteer work. more than 800 homes are also flooded in seoul and the surrounding areas. about 15 inches of rain fell in just 17 hours. >>> one of mt. rainier's top police officers is waking up in police custody this morning. police say officer gene gillette tried to sexually abuse a young man and then shot him as he tried to run away. news 4's tracee wilkins is live in mt. rainier with the latest. tracee, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. gene gillette has been with the mt. rainier police department for three years. first year he was voted rookie of the
it submitted for protecting government employees in iraq and afghanistan. a judge has already dismissed several claims in the lawsuit, including one that accuses blackwater of billing the government for prostitutes. >>> loved ones have said their good-byes to amy winehouse today at a funeral. family and close friends attended the private ceremony in london. the singer's father gave the eulogy and ended it with the words "good night, my angel. sleep tight. mummy and daddy love you ever so much." the autopsy investigators hoped would determine how she died came back inconclusive. now authorities are waiting on results from a toxicology test, which could take up to a month to complete. winehouse struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. a member of her security team found the 27-year-old dead on saturday. >>> this morning, officials at baltimore gas and electric are looking into what went wrong after some of its customers were left in the heat during the hottest day in 75 years. "the balitmore sun" reports the company cycled off air-conditioners for hours on friday as part of an energy savings progra
.s. into another recession. >>> the first troops to leave afghanistan as part of the u.s. drawdown have handed over their security responsibilities to afghan forces. the 650 members of the iowa national guard's first squadron, 113th cavalry regiment are on their way home now. they completed 3,800 combat missions and trained 400 afghan police officers. president obama announced last month that he would pull 10,000 u.s. troops out of afghanistan in 2011, and the remaining 23,000 by next summer. >>> today, members of congress will join family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. they will help stitch together an american flag that became tattered and worn following the september 11th attacks. the flag once hung at the construction site overlooking ground zero. it has since traveled the country getting one stitch after another in all 50 states. once finished, the flag will language in the national 9/11 memorial museum that is now under construction at ground zero. >>> some members of congress are now calling for an investigation here in the united states. this move comes after journalists f
, and families of soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. police are investigating a list of possibly 4,000 victims. the tabloid's last edition will go out on sunday. the paper was open for more than 150 years. >>> 11:40 right now. let's get another check on the forecast with meteorologist tom kierein. tom, that liftoff looked beautiful, huh? >> yeah, really, really stunning. and fortunately, they did just dodge the showers and storms that were on the other side of florida, on the gulf side, so they were able to get the launch off on time. here, we have had heavy showers and heavy downpours passing south and east of washington, west and north of us. and on the radar, way off in western virginia, there's an area of heavy rain along with thunder and lightning now that's just about to come into the panhandle of west virginia and western maryland. that is advancing off to the east. and we have locally, though, just some low clouds that are hanging in. and those clouds are looking rather ominous now. they may begin to start producing some rain here over the next couple of hours. right now we
, awful trouble in afghanistan today. 19 people are dead including a bbc reporter. an insurgent bomb -- set off some car bombs there. this happened in central afghanistan in the urzugan province near police headquarters. three suicide bombers blew up cars packed with explosives in three simultaneous attacks. they have expressed regret over the killing of the bbc reporter, though, saying he was not their target. >>> right now investors around the world are anxious over this looming debt deadline. wall street has primarily been up this morning, despite four straight days of some steep losses and it may be waiting to react to a vote that comes later today on capitol hill. investors overseas, however, they have already lost confidence. many of asia's major indices closed down today, some as much as 1.5% lower, which is a big deal over there. >>> house republicans are hoping they can prove the world wrong when speaker john boehner's debt limit plan goes to a vote later today. but the short-term plan, which would cut about $900 billion from the deficit, it has already hit several snags. an
, meier charged into a remote taliban-controlled village in afghanistan, looking for four members of his team. he found them shot to death. even though he was already wounded by shrapnel, meier helped carry his comrades from the kill zone. meier is from kentucky, and was later based in hawaii before he left active duty last year. meier will join two army sergeants as the only living medal of honor recipients from the wars in iraq and afghanistan. >>> coming up on news4, a bill challenge for metro not middle of a heatwave. ♪ >>> a musical group protesters took center stage in a walmart store. >>> staging a war between the states was not an easy task in triple digit heat. >>> the family of la-shea mclean makes a plea for the killer to come forward. this as police pass out this reward poster in this troubling case of murder. i'm pat collins. the story, coming up. news4. >>> coming up in sports, another twist in the always-changing nfl labor talks. plus, the nats' bryce harper trying to slug hes way out of a slump make the people who walked these streets before us were just like you and me
in afghanistan that kailled the mayor of kandahar. >>> plus, why a vote on john [ male announcer ] are you watching cable? here's what you should be watching: your cable bill. because you could be paying way too much. stop spending more for second best. upgrade to verizon fios and get tv, internet and phone for our best price -- just $84.99 a month for a year -- only available online. go to verizon.com/greatprice to sign up, and save $360 in the first year. fios is a 100% fiber-optic network that delivers superior picture quality, more hd, plus america's fastest, most consistent, and most reliable internet. there's no annual contract required. why keep paying for cable? get fios tv, internet and phone for just $84.99 a month for a year -- our best price -- only available online. ordering online is easy. have questions? you can even chat live with a fios agent. so don't wait. visit verizon.com/great price. call the verizon center for customers with disabilities that's verizon.com/greatprice. at 800-974-6006 tty/v. fios. a network ahead. >>> u.s. counterterrorism officials say al qaeda is lo
french soldiers and one afghan civilian is dead after a bomb exploded in eastern afghanistan. three other soldiers and three afghanis were also wounded in that blast. the troops had been guarding a meeting of local leaders when a terrorist detonated the bomb. the attack comes a day after french president, nicolas sarkozy, announces that he's pulling out a quarter of france's 4,000 troops involved in nato-led operations in afghanistan by the end of next year. >>> a new warning by president obama will likely overshadow the fourth straight day of debt negotiations today. the president said last night that he couldn't guarantee that social security checks and payments to veterans and the disabled would be with mailed on time if a deal isn't done by august 2nd. but republicans say a deal won't happen if democrats don't give up on tax hikes. >> our president thinks that he's got to condition any prescription to fix these programs on tax increases. again, if that's what he's looking for, we're not going there. >> senate gop leader mitch mcconnell also outlined a proposal that would give the pres
in afghanistan, a deadly bombing at the funeral of hamid karzai's half brother. >> plus not bluffing, the president issues a warning for congressional leaders before walking out of the latest debt meeting. >>> and now, ample warning, metro announcing a year's worth of station closings, including a major one during one of the busiest travel times of the year. good morng. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. eun yang is off today. welcome to "news 4 today" as we take a live look outside right now. it's 5:00 a.m. and we are down at 68 degrees. so much cooler than it's been the last couple of morning. and it's going to stay this way for awhile. >> i just thought i could hear a chorus of aaah off in the distance. >> and applause for you. >> thank you very much. thank you very much. well, we've had a wonderful change occur overnight. you can see it in the sky there. look at the visibility. excellent visibility this morning. the summer haze is gone. and temperature down to a comfy 71 at reagan national. mid 70s right by the bay, just a mile away from the waters. down into the 60s on t
moment of unity. the army's 170th infantribury good day in afghanistan held its breath on every kick. while around the world, this was the cheer. >> usa! usa! >> usa! >> reporter: in new york's times square. >> they've got the guys rocking the women's jerseys. it feels really good. >> reporter: suburban los angeles. >> i look up to every single one of them. >> reporter: and a sports bar where expats and tourists stood for the national anthem. in the twitter verse, thousands of fans tweeted support including justin timberlake. lans armstrong and president obama who watched the game with his family. while in frankfurt dr. jill biden and chelsea clinton represented the white house. a former soccer mom herself. >> you must be so excited! >> reporter: biden thanked the parents of the team. >> it's the moms and the dads who are behind their children and who get them to where they are today. >> reporter: it was not the ending america hoped for. but for some, it was still satisfying. >> whoever wins, i'll be happy, to be honest. >> reporter: now, japan won the cup in plenty of hearts here in
on an ied while on patrol in afghanistan. >> without, like, the advances in technology, i feel that, you know, i wouldn't have come as far as i have. >> reporter: just down the hall, the apartment lab. >> that's where you learn to open a door again. unlock a lock. >> reporter: and patients from walter reed helped design this area, where they can test their prosthetics in private. any problems, they head to the lab across the hall. >> in minutes, they can get things like that taken care of. >> reporter: all they need now are the patients. >> it is rewarding to final see the finish line in sight. >> reporter: in bethesda, melissa melai, news4. >>> and coming up -- >> you can feel so much better throughout the day. you can do so much more. >> the workout that helps this actor shine on stage while flaunting his washboard absen. and how a father turns his son and how a [ man ] i gothis son this new citi thankyou card and started earning loads of points. you got a weather balloon with points? yes i did. [ man ] points i could use for just about anything. ♪ ♪ there it is. [ man ] so i used
the need that only grows as more wounded return home from iraq and afghanistan. >> been doing it for 70 years, going to do it for a long time in the future, not only in the support abroad, support in the airports, but nor support bedside. >> reporter: julie carey, news4. >> nice. and that's it for news4 this week. i'm wendy rieger. that you for joining
. he is army ranger sergeant first class leroy petrie, six tours in afghanistan, two in iraq, a married father of four, awarded the nation's highest military honor by saving the lives of fellow troopers by picking up a live grenade and throwing its which cost him his hand and much of his forearm. this photo received wide circulation around the country today, it's the president, shaking his new prosthetic hand yesterday at the white house. we wanted to show you how matter of fact he is about the new hand, which he loves to play with and talk about and demonstrate. that's a handsome hand. >> it's wonderful. when i lost it, i thought i was going to have a hook, which i was content with. i mean i was happy the way i lost my hand, but nevertheless, to lose a hand. >> shake my hand with that. >> oh, yes. >> tell me how it feels for you. >> for me it feels like a normal handshake. it uses the same muscles that i would to open and close. it's no change from what i did before. it took me a couple of hours to learn how to use it. >> if you haven't caught on by now, this is an exceptional guy. he'
and afghanistan. at a speech today, the president walked the middle ground. >> neither party is blameless for the decisions that led to our debt. but both parties have a responsibility to come together and solve the problem. >> reporter: and one of the big issues for democrats is they say the republican plan would sort of expire before the president's re-election campaign, with another vote to raise the debt ceiling again, they say that would put us right back here. republicans say they need to guarantee that cuts would actually happen in the future to prevent more of a crisis. now, after all this wrangling, aides tell me the senior level negotiators in both parties are still talking, trying to find a way to close the gaps. and as you mentioned, brian, speaker boehner will follow the president tonight. he'll speak for about five minutes to lay out why he thinks his plan should get the public support. brian? >> kelly o'donnell setting the stage on capitol hill for us tonight. kelly, thanks. >>> our chief white house correspondent political director chuck todd is with us tonight from the wh
.s. commander in afghanistan. there was a change of command ceremony this morning where he officially gave control of the mission to lieutenant colonel david rodriguez. general petraeus plans to retire from the army at the beginning of august and assume the cia director's job on september 6th. >>> ahead a heartbreaker for the u.s. women. this morning why one young fan has become an internet sensation. >>> duke and duchess of cambridge invited by the queen to scotland. apparently, this is the first time kate has been invited to the balmoral estate. the queen spends time there every september. >>> it's going to be a steamy week starting out this monday morning. let's get the latest on the weather today with veronica johnson in the storm center. >> today is going to be one of those days, in fact one of those weeks, coming right through the weekend where you're going to want to stay hydrated. temperatures this morning running in the 70s already. it's 76 degrees at reagan national airport. they've got a light wind out of the south and southwest at 8 miles per hour. let's take a look at the temp
gets paid and what doesn't. that's causing anxiety from wall street to the battle fields of afghanistan. as the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, discovered for himself today, nbc's jim wikachenski is traveling with him. >> reporter: here at the hot spots of kandahar, american soldiers and marines are still dodging bullets, rockets and road side bombs every day. amazingly, when they had a chance to throw questions at the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral mike mullen, their number one concern was the ongoing debate back home over the debt ceiling. >> the checkbook is not unlimited. >> reporter: admiral mullen told soldiers at kandahar that if the talks failed they'd still have to fight but they might not get paid. >> there are plenty of you that are living paycheck to paycheck. so if paychecks were to stop, it can have a devastating impact and it can have a devastating impact pretty quickly. >> reporter: at camp leatherneck, mullen told marines given the state of the u.s. economy, all the services face a cutback in the size of the force, and maybe e
services that have been rendered, to pay our soldiers who are in iraq and afghanistan. but that could send shivers through our credit markets, not just here but around the world as the u.s. has had a huge loss in confidence. that could end up with major concessions. so if you borrow from your credit cards to buy a dishwasher, a car, or send your kids to school, that's going to become much, much more expensive. at the same time, the government has all this borrowing on its books and it has to pay all this interest on it's books and it's going to grow immensely. there's no reason we should be talking about making it harder for american families to pay its bills or the american government to pay its bills when it's already difficult enough. >> and later we'll look at how the budget issues in some states are threatening summer. that's later on in tonight's broadcast. >>> another chapter is in the books in the widely watched saga of casey anthony following all the hubbub this week after she was found not guilty of murdering her daughter, this was sentencing day and while she escaped the murder
else in common, too. they are all military widows who lost their loved ones in iraq and afghanistan. taryn davis was just 21 when her husband, michael, was killed by a roadside bomb in iraq in 2007. >> one of the last things i said to him was "i love you more than life itself." >> reporter: living without michael is an everyday struggle. >> when i went out into the world, i just felt like they didn't want to embrace, you know, who i was, which was a military widow. and in the back of my mind i'm thinking, that title, it symbolizes my husband's sacrifice and my own. and if i can get through it, you know, maybe one day it can signify my survival. >> reporter: to help her own healing taryn began reaching out to other widows. but talking alone wasn't enough. soon taryn started organizing events like parasailing, surfing, even swimming with dolphins, to bring this courageous group of women together in what she called the american widow project. >> i found myself laughing and smiling for the first time. and i look around, and here's a group of extraordinary women who know the level of pai
of dollars. >> this is not just -- this is immensely more violence than the ongoing combat in afghanistan. and mexico matters. it's the most important country along with canada on the face of the earth. >> mexican president felipe calderon declared war on drug gangs in 2006. since then about 40,000 people have been killed in the crossfire. >>> now to the death of the iraq war amputee on a six flag roller coaster. tonight experts say both the operator of the roller coaster and the disabled veteran were likely at fault. 29-year-old army sergeant james hackmer was thrown from a 200-foot ride at a six flags park near buffalo. he lost both his legs in the iraq war. both the rider and the operator are responsible for deciding who gets on board. the accident has renewed efforts to get amusement parks under federal regulation. six flags says the ride had no mechanical issues. >>> well, a piece of space junk could become a problem for nasa and the crew of the shuttle "atlantis." scientists are monitoring its location. they estimate it could come dangerously close to the shuttle tuesday during a pl
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